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CLEVELAND –

It happened in a split-second.

“May 31, 2008, I was in a car accident. I wasn’t wearing my seat belt,” Brad Burns recalled.

Just like that, Burns’ life changed forever.

“Fractured all of my ribs on the right side and fractured my pelvis and had lacerated lungs and was on a ventilator,” Burns explained.

Now, partially paralyzed, it’s taken two years of rehabilitation therapy to help Burns relearn how to walk and talk, but recently, he tried something new.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

An interactive arts program at Ohio State uses biophysical sensors to transform Burns’ movements into works of art.

“The whole idea is that the art, the product of the art, the visual art, would represent the struggle behind the art, and what’s more of a struggle than recovering from a neural injury,” said Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, research assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, The Ohio State University.

Each colorful mark he makes is actually data that can be analyzed. The idea is to distract patients and give them an opportunity to create while they work.

Read More: http://www.wfmz.com/lifestyle/Health-Beat/Health-Beat-Interactive-art-rehab/31426382

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